With towering bluffs, memorable views of the Mississippi, and a wide range of recreational activities on offer, Perrot State Park is a popular camping destination in western Wisconsin. And because it's also home to a 102-site pet-friendly campground, it's a park you can share with your canine companion!
Set in the scenic Mississippi River Valley, the campground is a peaceful place to spend a few nights. Only 38 sites have electrical hookups, so you may need to book ahead if you need electricity during your stay. Flush toilets, showers, and a dump station are all provided.
Sites are large, wooded, and mostly gravel. The amenities, while a little dated, are usually nice and clean. However, as mosquitoes and bugs can be a nuisance, make sure you remember to pack plenty of insect repellent.
Dogs are welcome in the campground but must be leashed and cleaned up after at all times. It's also worth pointing out that while sites are reasonably quiet and private, you may need to put up with some noise from the nearby train line.
Perrot also has four walk-in group campsites with a vault toilet and drinking water provided. Carts are available from the park office to help you move equipment from your car to your site.
The vehicle entrance fee at Perrot State Park is $8 for cars with Wisconsin plates and $11 for out-of-state visitors. Camping costs vary depending on site selection.
When you're ready to go exploring, there's plenty in the park to raise your heart rate. If you love hiking, there are 12.5 miles of trails to trek along, many of which take you to the top of scenic bluffs overlooking the river below. The eastern portion of Brady's Bluff Trail (0.7 miles) offers spectacular views, but it's narrow and steep, so the going isn't easy. The 2.5-mile Riverview Trail runs the entire length of the park and, as its name suggests, offers close-up river views from the water's edge.
If you want to get out on the water, a boat landing site on the Trempealeau River allows you to access Trempealeau Bay and the Mississippi. Canoeing and kayaking are popular, with many visitors opting to check out the 3.4-mile Voyageurs Canoe Trail.
Shore fishing, cross-country skiing, and six picnic areas are also provided, so you and your pooch should find plenty to keep you occupied during your stay at Perrot State Park.